Magisterial Fidelity
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Carol M. McKinley

Thursday, December 01, 2005 :::

The letter to the AB:

December 1, 2005

The Most Reverend Archbishop Séan P. O’Malley, OFM Cap.

Archdiocese of Boston

2121 Commonwealth Avenue

Brighton, MA

Dear Archbishop O'Malley,

We are writing to thank you for withdrawing from the Catholic Charities event on December 9 honoring Mayor Tom Menino, and to ask for additional action regarding this crisis of infidelity to Church teachings.

While we greatly value and appreciate the work of Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Boston, their leadership's plan to honor a political figure who has publicly advocated against Catholic teachings on abortion and same-sex marriage is still in direct violation of the USCCB's 2004 position: "Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions." The act of honoring a pro-abortion politician undermines efforts to protect and defend the most vulnerable in society, and is also deeply troubling to supporters of this archdiocese who have worked tirelessly to defend the culture of life. In addition, though we are grateful for the mayor’s contributions to the poor, his published statements portraying our resolve to defend the culture of life as being “not charitable” are in error. We can do both.

We request that you help avoid further scandal and confusion to the faithful by correcting public misstatements regarding Catholic doctrine by Mayor Menino, and by insisting Catholic Charities disinvite Mayor Menino and find a suitable candidate to honor in his place on December 9. If the current leadership refuses to maintain communion with the Archbishop and the Catholic Church by disinviting the mayor, we support you in appointing and installing new leadership.

While this is obviously a difficult request, we believe in our hearts that this is a necessary step that must be taken. The people of Boston have lost confidence in the spiritual leadership of Catholic Charities.

We feel it is time to put authentic Catholic beliefs and teachings back into Catholic Charities of Boston. Please know you can count on our whole-hearted support in making the required changes.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Joseph M. Ammendolia
Marie Baranko
Domenico Bettinelli
Paul Blake
Peter Boivin
Anne Brady
Kevin Brady
Peter Campbell
Brian Carney
Ann Carney
Colleen Carney
Hugh Carney, Jr.
Hugh Carney, Sr
Timothy J. Casey
Julie Casey
Caron Chiusano
Nancy Cleary
Megan Collier
Clair Collins
Mary Kate Connolly
Jamie Contonio
Joe Cosby
Bill Cotter
Charlie Coudert
Mary Crimmins
John Cronin
Connie Cronin
MaryJane Davis
Lorita Decorie
Kathy Desmond
Fr. Tom Dilorenzo
Anthony Dilorenzo
Mary Dilorenzo
Gerald Dilorenzo
Rose Dilorenzo
Vincent Dilorenzo
Patricia Brady Doherty
Saumel Doucette
Roger Dube
Diane Duffin
Eric Ewanco
Prof. Scott Fitzgibbons
Lynne Flatley
Allda Follo
Kenneth D. Fox
Anne Fox
Caitlin C. Fox
Megan K. Fox
Bill Germino
Elizabeth Germino
Al Goodrow
Mrs. Al Goodrow
Mairi Greeley Scamby
Michael R. Grimes
Jay Guillette
Lauren Hamilton
John Hamilton
Maureen Hampe
Steve Hampe
Tom Harvey
Michael J. Heraty
William Hobbib
Donato Infante III
Ann Jeschke
Robert W. Joyce, Esq.
Brian Kean
Priscilla Hingham Keough
Ray Lauring
Tom Leaver
Katie Levandowski
Thomas K. Lyman
James J Lyons
Jennier Maley
Bea Martins
Dave McAvoy
Kay McAvoy
Tara McCarthy
Michael McCormack
Carol McKinley
Brian McPherson
Kelly McPherson
Karin V. Morin, Esq
Peter J. Morin, MD, Ph.D
Nathan Nascimiento
Ray Neary
John Q. Neenan
Christine Dwyer Newbold
Tom Noonan
Janet Noonan
Merry Nordeen
Kenneth Nordeen
Susan Noye
David Noye
Sean O'Connell
Cabrini Pak
Mark Perry
Len Picard
Marylou Powers Stein
Susan Pritchard
Elinor Rafferty
John Raschko
Judith Raschko
Shaun Ratcliffe

Linnie Regan

Richard Regan
Therese Reilly
Maryanna Reynolds
Rosemary Reynonlds
Tom Rezendes
George Riley
Jackie Rose
Kevin Rossiter
Joseph F. Ryan
Mary R. Ryan
Kevin Ryan
Marilyn Ryan
Robert Rycyna
Jim Scamby
Ruth Schiavone
Alice Slattery
George Smalanskas
Patricia Stebbens
MaryJane Sullivan
Jo Tango
Michael Thomann
John Tuturice
Carolyn Walsh
Timothy Wills

Paul Ziolkowski


Christifideles laici, The Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World. Pope John Paul II, 1988.

“Above all, the common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights -- for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture -- is false and illusory if the right to life, the most basic and fundamental right and the condition of all other personal rights, is not defended with maximum determination . . . The human being is entitled to such rights in every phase of development, from conception until natural death, whether healthy or sick, whole or handicapped, rich or poor."

Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life). Pope John Paul II, 1995

Regarding a law permitting abortions, it is "never licit to obey it, or to take part in a propaganda campaign in favor of such a law, or to vote for it"

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Section 1625: The parties to a marriage covenant are a baptized man and woman, free to contract marriage, who freely express their consent.

Section 2270: Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.

Section 2273: The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation.

Catholics in Political Life, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, June 2004

“The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions.”

::: posted by prolife pundits at 4:19 PM




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